Stewardship is a word with many meanings.
A special thanks to Elizabeth Hamak, Jim Bowe and Bob Heim for sharing their life stories of how God’s generosity is at work in their lives. During last weeks liturgies they shared how they have found ways to give back to the parish and the wider community in gratitude for God’s generous love, and the gifts, talents, and treasures they have been given.
Members of the Stewardship Committee continue efforts to bring to all in St. Francis community a better understanding of stewardship. Each household has received in the mail, a commitment card and a Time and Talent Survey asking us to make our stewardship commitment of Time, Talent, and Treasure. Please return the commitment cards next weekend (Sept. 24-25).
We will be asked to fill out the Time and Talent Survey in Church or if anyone prefers they can fill it out On-line. Where Stewardship has been a part of each member’s life, it has changed both givers and receivers.
We thank all for your participation in this venture to be a parish of Gospel Generosity.
The Stewardship Committee:
Joyce O'Driscoll, Tim O’Driscoll, Jerry Hettwer,
Ken Schulte, Fr. Tim
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
At no time in the history of the Church were the People of God meant to be passive. Jesus’ most controversial and celebrated teaching moment was His directive for His followers to “Love one another”. That active (and activating) love was to be the mark by which they might be known; it is the manifestation in both the spiritual and physical world of how and why we are called ‘Christian”. That simple call led to a transformation of the world 2000 years ago, and it leads us still as we engage in continuing conversion to more fully realize the Kingdom of God.
Our understanding of Church and our membership in the Church has been shaped and formed by the direction and leadership of the Second Vatican Council. Under the pastoral guidance of Pope John XXIII, the Church, mindful of the “signs of the times”, reinvigorated its understanding of Jesus’ teaching and boldly called out again Jesus’ own invitation to the first disciples to “Follow me”.
In the most important document from Vatican II, De Ecclesia (Constitution on the Church),the role of the laity is set forth without ambiguity. “The term laity is here understood to mean all the faithful... These faithful are by baptism made one body with Christ and are constituted among the People of God; they are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetical and kingly functions of Christ; and they carry out for their own part the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world”. (n. 31)
A favorite contemporary hymn in many parishes is “We Are Many Parts” by the prolific Marty Haugen. Choirs and congregations sing these lines with gusto; “We are many parts, we are all one body. And the gifts we have, we are given to share”.
It is the challenge of the Gospel, and the renewed charge of the Church to its members that those sentiments resonate in action and ministry and service.
It is a celebration of the richness of God’s own creation and the beautiful diversity woven in God’s great plan. It is not just for priests and bishops, ordained and professed men and women to participate in the work of the Kingdom, but for each of us—regardless of age, gender or station in life—to proclaim that song of the Kingdom in our own unique and inimitable ways. Our talents and strengths and gifts are an integral part of God’s plan.
It is the completion of our baptismal commitment to live a life in, but apart from, the world; joined in communion with Jesus, we are witnesses of a distinctively radical and different Way against the selfish and self-serving values of a fallen world.
Share your Time, Talents & Treasure
Numerous Stewardship opportunities exist for adults and young adults at St. Francis Xavier. Our parish community will benefit from your Time, Talent and Treasure by your commitment and involvement in:
• Prayer & Worship
• Parish Life
• Human Relations
• Diocesan Activities
To learn more about Stewardship, please call the parish office at 252-1363.
“Each individual must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the Lord Jesus and a symbol of the living God. All the laity as a community and each one according to ability must nourish the world with spiritual fruits. They must diffuse in the world that spirit which animates the poor, the meek, the peacemakers —whom the Lord in the Gospel proclaimed as blessed. In a word, “Christians must be to the world what the soul is to the body.”
Women of our parish quilt during the months of September - May. The Annual Quilt Bingo is held the third Sunday of September. The proceeds goes to the needs of the parish. Volunteers are always needed - call the parish office if you can help.